Richard Storrs Willis

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Born: February 10, 1819; Boston, MA   Died: May 7, 1900; Detroit, MI  
Richard Storrs Willis was an important composer and publisher of hymns (both sacred and secular) in nineteenth century America. He is the composer of "Fairest Lord Jesus," and his hymn tune "Carol" is the melody to which we sing "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear."

The brother of poet Nathaniel Parker Willis, he studied at Yale University. As president of the schools' Beethoven Society, he wrote a number
Read more of choruses and instrumental items. After graduating in 1841, Willis spent the next six years in Germany, studying theory with Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee in Frankfurt and with Moritz Hauptmann in Leipzig. In the latter city, Willis became a member of Felix Mendelssohn's circle. Returning to America, he supported himself as a music critic; he wrote for The New York Tribune and The Albion, and he edited the periodical Musical World from the early 1850s into the 1860s. When the Civil War got underway, Willis moved a safe distance to Detroit, where he remained for the rest of his life, except when he accompanied his daughter to school in Italy in the 1870s. His music collections include Church Chorals and Choir Studies (1850), Our Church Music (1856), and the secular collections Waif of Song (1876) and Pen and Lute (1883). Read less
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    Carols From King's College Cambridge
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 628790 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry John Gauntlett,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Philip Ledger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cambridge King's College Choir
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    The Christmas Story
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7681 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Bin Huang,  Hyun-Sun Kim
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    Joy To The World: An American Christmas
    Label: Coro   Catalog: 16117 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Jacob Niles,  Morten Lauridsen,  Lowell Mason,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Performer:  Sonja DuToit Tengblad,  Thomas Armstrong,  Woodrow Bynum,  Stefan [Tenor (Vocal)] Reed
    Conductor:  Harry Christophers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Handel & Haydn Society
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    Ring Christmas Bells
    Label: Reflections   Catalog: 61672 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lewis H. Redner,  Lowell Mason  ... 
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    O Come All Ye Faithful [classic]
    Label: Mvd Audio   Catalog: 5971 Release Date: 09/03/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Baptiste Calkin,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Leslie Pierson,  John Paice,  Richard Lewis
    Conductor:  Peter Knight,  John McCarthy,  John Pritchard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Bell Ringers
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    Label: Avalon Records   Catalog: 60286 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Lewis H. Redner,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  Sara Macliver,  Jonathan Prentice,  Margaret Burdett,  Lynton Atkinson  ... 
    Conductor:  Alfred Walter,  Richard Hayman,  Gerard Schwarz,  Igor Golovschin  ... 
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    Label: Platinum Legends   Catalog: 60760 Release Date: 01/01/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  George Frideric Handel,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
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    I Wonder As I Wander Out Under The Sky / Jones, The Copley Singers
    Label: Gothic Records   Catalog: 49283 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Francis Wade,  Carl Rütti,  Hugh Martin,  Richard Storrs Willis  ... 
    Conductor:  Brian Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copley Singers
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    Glad Tidings: Carols For Christmas
    Label: Gift Of Music   Catalog: 1267 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Elisabeth Poston,  William James Kirkpatrick,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Viktor Kalinnikov  ... 
    Conductor:  Sarah Tenant-Flowers
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    Glory To The New-born King
    Label: Priory Records   Catalog: 1076 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Joubert,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Traditional,  Carl Rütti  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Chewter,  Philip Rushforth,  Christopher Sennett,  Olivia Hunt  ... 
    Conductor:  Philip Rushforth
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    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 46033 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  James Pierpont  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Christmas With Mantovani
    Label: Tgg Direct   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Conductor:  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani
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    Label: Denver Brass   Catalog: 5637981295 Release Date: 08/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Alfred Reed,  Dave Hanson,  Walter Kent  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Hood,  Kathy Brantigan,  F. Joseph Docksey
    Conductor:  Warren Deck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver Brass
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    Holiday Baby
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 89076 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Henry Walford Davies,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  William James Kirkpatrick  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller
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    Holidays On The Harp
    Label: Harp Music To Go   Catalog: 92118 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Jay Livingston  ... 
    Performer:  Merry Miller,  Annie Benjamin
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    Merry Christmas / Kulinska, Kulinsky, Bamini Di Praga
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 4067 Release Date: 11/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Lowell Mason  ... 
    Performer:  Veronika Vitová,  Sarka Celbova,  Katerina Kovandová,  Katerina Kalvachova  ... 
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    Midwinter's Eve - Music for Christmas / Warren-Green, London Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 98887 Release Date: 11/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Gustav Holst,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
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    A Westminster Christmas II / Miller, Westminster Choir College Of Rider University
    Label: Westminster Choir   Catalog: 810 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis,  Various,  John Francis Wade
    Performer:  Ken Cowan
    Conductor:  Joe Miller,  Kathleen Ebling-Thorne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  Westminster Concert Bell Choir
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    Christmas Masterpieces & Familiar Carols / Westminster Choir College Of Rider University
    Label: Westminster Choir   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Hector Berlioz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ann Ackley,  Daniel Beckwith
    Conductor:  Joseph Flummerfelt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Choir,  New Jersey Symphony Orchestra,  Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5185 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Billy Vaughn,  Percy Faith,  George Melachrino,  Angela Morley  ... 
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    Dame Joan Sutherland - Complete Decca Studio Recitals  [23-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619502 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi,  George Frideric Handel,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nadine Sautereau,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Richard Conrad,  Ambrose Gauntlett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nello Santi,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli,  Richard Bonynge
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Société du Conservatoire Paris,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus  ... 
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    English Folk Carols / Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band, Sneak's Noyse
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1335 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Storrs Willis
    Performer:  Maddy Prior
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carnival Band,  Sneak's Noyse
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    Wonderland of Christmas / Andre Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 96970 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Marks,  James Pierpont,  John Frederic Coots,  Hugh Martin  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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    Label: Sonoma   Catalog: 271 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Henry Walford Davies,  Lowell Mason  ... 
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    Label: Motema Music   Catalog: 69 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Thaddeus Jones,  Ethiopian Traditional,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Geri Allen,  Carolyn Brewer,  Connaitre Miller,  Farah Jasmine Griffin
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